I had my L5-S1 microdisectomy this morning. I am a 27 year old male in pretty good shape, a little bit overweight and I am 6'4". I had an extruded disc that was placing pressure on my right sciatic nerve. After they gave me a "knock out cocktail" I woke up a couple hours later. It didn't feel like an instant "lights on" after I went out. It was my first time receiving general anesthesia and it felt like a deep sleep nap. I woke up in a decent amount of pain. Maybe a 6/10. They gave me a couple different painkillers in addition to my morphine drip. I get to push the happy button every 10 minutes and it gives me 2mg of morphine. The hospital is keeping me for the night, that was the original plan. My wife told me that they discovered that my disc was calcified or was calcifying. I am not sure what this means for recovery or long term health. Can anyone explain? Overall the surgery went very well. My surgeon wants me to where a big brace with several strong plastic plates. A few hours after the surgery I asked my nurse if I could get up to do #1. She gave me a plastic bottle and told me to use it instead. I insisted that I wanted to get up and walk a bit. They said okay and helped me get in the brace. I got up with a tiny bit of struggle and stood there for a while. I felt heavy like my body weighed an extra 40 pounds. I did not feel any sciatic pain. All of the pain was at the incision site. The pain went away as I took small steps around the room. I should also say that I was never nauseated at any point today. I had a couple pretty if meals (pasta and chicken breast lunch and chicken fried steak and rice for dinner), lots of water, V8, orange juice at the hospital. No throat pain. I felt okay walking around. A couple hours ago before laying down now for bed I got up an walked around my room again today. No butt, thigh sciatic pain. Maybe a tiny tiny bit but it feels gone. I will be discharged tomorrow morning. I'll keep y'all updated in this thread. Thanks for the help and encouragement.